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FYI: Malone Asks Bankers to Address Needs of Seniors, Disabled

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Jan. 23, 2008 – In a letter addressed to Mr. Lawrence Aqui, president of the VI Bankers Association, Senator Shawn-Michael Malone requested the Association consider a banking line exclusively for senior citizens and disabled members of our community.
About the letter, Senator Malone said, "Everyone recognizes that most banking institutions in the territory have excruciatingly long lines, especially after government and retiree paydays and when social security beneficiaries receive their checks. To make it easier, most banks provide special lines for its business customers and several technology-based services such as ATM deposits. However, for some reason, we have neglected to recognize this group within our population, our senior citizens and the disabled. In this effort, I simply wrote to Mr. Aqui asking that the VI Bankers Association take a serious look at this dilemma and make a sincere effort to address it," Malone said.
Most places across the nation have already instituted special lines and services aimed at making life easier for senior citizens and the disabled, especially on when social security checks are distributed. "Unfortunately, the Virgin Islands has yet to implement such practices for one reason or another. Not only does it make life easier for these residents, but also for the banks themselves and other institutions such as WAPA and Innovative, who both accept bill payments through banks. This truly can be a win-win situation for everyone involved. During these times where the cost of living seems to increase on a daily basis, we should all strive to make banking and bill paying as easy and as efficient as possible, especially for our seniors and the disabled," Malone concluded.

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